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Power steering pump and rack and pinion replaced. when turning hard right or left the wheel locks up plus squirts large amounts of fluid. I have no idea where it could be coming from? puddles are located on drivers side near front tire. please help!

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Something not right there

Take it back where the work was done

Not usable like that

Posted on May 29, 2011

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